The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

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'The perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in' Hello

'Brimming with atmosphere and warmth' Jenny Ashcroft

'An absolute gem of a novel' Better Reading Australia


In 1978 in Australia's Northern Territory, life is hard and people are isolated. Telephones are not yet a common fixture. But five women find a way to connect.

Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction, while Kate, Sybil's daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.

Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.

Rita, Sybil's oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.

Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she starts a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Books bring them together - but friendship will transform all of their lives. Perfect for lovers of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Little Paris Bookshop.

Book lovers LOVE The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club:

'Will make you appreciate the little things in life'

'A story that took me on an emotional journey'

'A wonderful book that will sink into your heart'

'Absorbing and delightful, not a book to be missed'

'Warm and atmospheric. I enjoyed it so much'

'I LOVE this book!! There aren't enough stars - it deserves MANY more. It is so beautifully written . . . I laughed and cried with these amazing ladies'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 31mm | 558g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751570419
  • 9780751570410
  • 79,252

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Heart-warming . . . the perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in * Hello * A sweet tale, and wonderfully atmospheric * Sunday Mirror * From the opening words I was transported to this beautiful, exotic landscape and the people who inhabit this place of blood-red soil and sapphire skies . . . I was right there with them until the very last page * Sue Watson * An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place . . . A definite treat for any book club * Better Reading Australia * Heartwarming and fulfilling * Australian Women's Weekly * Brimming with atmosphere and warmth, this gorgeous book completely carried me away. I absolutely loved it * Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky *
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About Sophie Green

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.

Keep up-to-date by following Sophie on twitter (@sophiegreenauth) and Facebook (sophiegreenbooks)
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